2012 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: The magic number is 5

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL — 11 innings
Cincinnati 5
Miami 4

W: L. Ondrusek (4-2)
L: C. Zambrano (7-10)
S: J. Broxton (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Ryan Ludwick singled in the game-winning run in the eleventh inning. Ludwick 2 RBI) had three hits; Dioner Navarro and Didi Gregorius also had three hits, plus an RBI each.

–Todd Frazier had two hits. Joey Votto had two hits and two walks, because of course he did.

–Sam LeCure was outstanding out of the bullpen once again, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Jonathan Broxton was pretty effective in the bottom of the eleventh, though he did walk a batter. With two outs and the tying run on base, Broxton and Miami’s John Buck engaged in an epic at-bat. It ended with a blast to deep center field. Drew Stubbs made a nice play to corral it for the final out. It was scary; that ball would have been a homer in every single park in America, methinks.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Nice win for the Reds, though it was more exciting than it should have been. Oh well…magic number drops to five!

–At times, Mat Latos was very effective, but his final line was just okay: 7.2. innings, 4 runs allowed on seven hits and three walks (with 8 strikeouts).

–Reds tied their season-high with 17 hits today.

–Y’know, Zack Cozart has been great this season, but it may not be long before Didi Gregorius causes a shortstop controversy.

–Perhaps the best part of today’s win is that our old friend Carlos Zambrano took the loss.

–It was good to see Austin Kearns today. Is it possible that Kearns is only 32?

–Off-day tomorrow, then the Reds begin a series with the Cubs.

–I feel dirty saying this, but…go Dodgers. Let’s get that Cincinnati magic number down to 4. Current magic number:

Wooooo!

69 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: The magic number is 5

  1. @Hank Aarons Teammate: I’d rather have LeCure and Hoover over Simon and Ondrusek. I wouldn’t be so sure that Hoover won’t be on the playoff roster. I think Baker’s use of Hoover as a closer in the Pirates series foreshadows his position on the postseason roster.

  2. The Reds only trail the Nats by 1.5 games (2 games in the loss column) for the top playoff seed. The Birds now have a 1.0 game lead over the Dodgers and a 2.5 game lead over the Brew Crew for the 2nd wildcard playin seed. Braun has put the Brew Crew on his back and is taking them for a ride, al la Pujols last year with the Birds.

  3. I was watching the end of the Pirates vs. Cubs game Saturday afternoon before college football came on and the Pirates announcers were just blasting Brandon Phillips. It was late in the game and Cubs second baseman Barney made a very good play. Then all of a sudden one of the Pirates announcers starts berating Brandon Phillips. Called him over rated. Said that Phillips makes routine plays look hard so he can get on TV or Sportscenter. Complained about Phillips fielding a ground ball with his bare hand and throwing out a Pirates runner at first base in the Pirates series. Phillips was just showing off. The announcer went on with a couple of more insults and then said I’m going to stop berating Phillips because he didn’t want to say his name again. Then went on praising Barney as the best second baseman in the NL. Said barney makes the hard play look routine. Barney is a good second baseman, but not the best. It was WAY over the top in criticism. Totally uncalled for and totally unprofessional on whichever announcer it was. Made me re-think my position on hoping the Pirates break their LONG losing season streak. Just re-name Pittsburgh to Loserville.

  4. @BloodyHo: What’s also interesting is that the Braves sweep of the Nats pulled them to within 5.5 games of the division lead. A pretty big gap still in 15-16 games, but the Braves schedule looks to be easier than the Nats.

    Braves get: Miami 6 times & the Phillies, Mets, and Pirates 3 times each.

    Nats get: Phillies 6 times, the Brewers 4 times, and the Dodgers & Cardinals 3 times each.

  5. Nice to see Luddy apparently back on track and protecting Votto from the cleanup spot. Frazier got a nice 3 day break and is lokking better at the plate, at least I guess he’s looking better. He has the most unorthodox hitting approach I have ever seen, but it apparently works for him. I think Phillips needs a similar break to get rejuvenated for the playoff push.

    @Greg Dafler: Wouldn’t that just put the wildcard playin game into total chaos if the Rays outplayed the Nats and took the NL East title? What a long strange trip it’s been!

  6. It was good to see Austin Kearns today. Is it possible that Kearns is only 32?

    Probably be saying the same about Stubbs in five years. Per current roster, much rather see Didi than Valdez. Experience or not, I’ll go with youth in this case.

  7. RE: The home-plate umpire… I thought he missed a call early on a fastball during the Buck AB against Broxton. Then later in the AB, I thought he missed what would have been called stike-three on a breaking-ball that looked like it caught A LOT of the plate. I even said, “I wonder if Navarro said anything there?”

  8. If the Marlins keep that super big outfield, except on the corners, they should groom their team for speed and doubles and triples hitters, because few long balls will be going out of that place.

  9. @Steve Mancuso:

    I’m not sure how you can say that is headfirst when he is clearly sliding on the seat of his pants. A headfirst dive would have someone sliding on their chest/stomach, right?

    Basically, Bruce leaned forward then brought his feet up into his trademark sliding catch. Even before his injury, I don’t remember Bruce doing many catches where he would sprawl headfirst and land on his chest/stomach.

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